Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Cast on

I did it! I cast on, fronts and back together, long tail, with a purl row and row 0 (reverse of row 1). No mistakes! Hooray! I'm so proud of myself that I did it all right. First sweater ever is now underway.


Blogger katiedid said...

great job! that sounds tough!

6:20 AM

Blogger Leisel said...

Way to go!

You said you cast on the fronts and backs together... are you knitting the body in the round?

- Leisel

7:22 AM

Blogger Diana said...

Cool! So you are working the fronts and back all together, with no seams later? I thought about doing that, but it was kinda confusing, so went the seamed route. Can you post a picture of the work in progress?


7:42 AM

Blogger Reb said...

I cast on the combined number of stitches for both fronts and back, minus 4, because there would have been 2 stitches in the seam allowance (one from each piece) at each side seam.

I am only on row 5, so I'll post a pic when I'm a tiny bit furthur along.

I am a little afraid of the shaping, but hopefully (hopefully, hopefully!) I'll understand it when I get there.

So, it's not knit in the round, just the whole body of the sweater knit in rows back and forth.

Since the WS is the first row knitted, I followed the instructions for the left front first, skipping the last stitch (that would have been in the seam allowance). Then the back (skipping the first stitch and last stitch), then the right front, skipping the first stitch.

Of course that part was more complicated because I was figuring out a row 0, a right side row, so I had to do right front first, following the instructions in reverse order. But don't let that scare you. Anyone doing a regular long-tail cast on doesn't have to worry about that.

Per someone here's suggestion, I put stitch markers when switching from 3x1 ribbing to 2x2 ribbing. It really helps my mind with the shift. I also put stitch markers at the side seams because I think they'll help when I'm getting mixed up on the armhole shaping.

Sorry I missed your comments/questions a few days. I haven't checked back here. Is there a way to be notified when someone leaves a comment to your posts?

1:20 PM


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